Prototyping
a pataphysically infused
critical design practice

Søren Rosenbak

The science of imagining solutions: design becoming conscious of itself through design (PhD project)

This dissertation addresses a paradox in design: we currently live in a day and age that is fundamentally conditioned by artifice on all scales, and principled by a deep sense of contingency and possibility. In this world, anything could always be something else. Design is a discipline uniquely capable of configuring artifice, instantiating it into a stream of different design artefacts that we are able to interact with. Beyond the comfort, joy and meaning these artefacts might bring to our lives, design in this way uniquely captures and shows forth possibility, not only on the scale of individual products, services etc., but also on the level of the artificial, in other words speaking directly to our contemporary human existence, to the sense of possibility as such.

Supervisors: Johan Redström (Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University) and Carl DiSalvo (Georgia Institute of Technology).

Areas of interest: Critical design practices incl. speculative and critical design, design fictions, pataphysics, the relationship between design & science, data privacy, urban walking, design failures, design anthropology.

 

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  • Video: PhD Thesis Defence

    Faculty opponent: Andrew Morrisson, Professor at the Institute of Design, AHO (Arkitektur- och designhögskolen), Oslo.

    Supervisor: Johan Redström.

    Location: Project Studio at the Umeå Insitute of Design